French Open 2020, Latest News from Roland Garros: Petra Kvitova Beats Laura Siegemund in Quarters
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PARIS: The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
The French Tennis Federation says the Paris Masters tournament is going ahead from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8.
The FFT says the indoor mens event will have 1,000 spectators per day. Thats in line with the current social distancing rules for the French capital.
The French Open has also had 1,000 fans per day.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is into his first French Open semifinal.
The fifth-seeded Greek player beat 13th-seeded Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 to avenge a loss in the Hamburg final less than two weeks ago.
His semifinal opponent will be either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or 17th-seeded Pablo Carreo Busta. They were up next on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Tsitsipas also reached the semifinals at last years Australian Open.
Polish teenager Iga Swiatek has reached the French Open semifinals in both singles and doubles.
Swiatek and American partner Nicole Melichar beat the American pair of Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four of the doubles competition.
That came a day after Swiatek reached the singles semifinals by beating Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan.
Swiatek says shes getting more experience in tactics in doubles. … So Im just developing as a player.
Swiateks opponent in the singles semifinals on Thursday will be 131st-ranked Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska.
Laura Siegemund has taken issue with the chair umpire for giving her a time violation during her 6-3, 6-3 loss to Petra Kvitova in the French Open quarterfinals.
The violation of the 25-second clock came while Siegemund was serving at 2-2 second set.
Siegemund froze with her arm raised and the ball still in her hand when umpire Marijana Veljovic announced the call.
Siegemund says its clear that I started the movement already.
But the umpire ruled that the clock ran out before she started her motion.
Siegmund acknowledges that she takes more time between points than most players. She adds that Veljovic is very sharp every time I have her on the chair. She gives me a violation the first opportunity she gets.
Sofia Kenin extended her run of success at Grand Slam tournaments this year by beating Danielle Collins 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to reach the French Open semifinals.
Kenin has now won a tour-leading 15 matches at majors this year. She started the year by winning the Australian Open and then reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open last month.
Collins hadn’t dropped a set in her three previous meetings with Kenin.
Collins won a rain-delayed three-set quarterfinal over Ons Jabeur a day earlier. She left the court for a medical time out while trailing Kenin 4-0 in the third set.
It wasn’t immediately clear what was bothering Collins but she told the trainer that it was unbearable.
Kenins semifinal opponent will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overcame some potentially costly double-faults to beat 66th-ranked Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-3 and reach the French Open semifinals for the second time.
Kvitova normally dictates play with her big serve and forehand but she double-faulted multiple times when she was broken twice in the second set.
The seventh-seeded Czech player bounced back each time and is back in the last four at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012. She lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova that year.
Kvitova has not dropped a set in her five matches at this year’s tournament.
Instead it was Siegemund who had the most costly double-fault. It came on Kvitovas second match point.
Siegemund also missed a series of drop-shot attempts into the net. The German took a medical timeout to have her lower back treated after dropping serve to give Kvitova a 3-2 lead in the second set.
Kvitovas semifinal opponent will be either Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin or unseeded Danielle Collins.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is facing unseeded Laura Siegemund in the French Open quarterfinals as play gets underway at Roland Garros with a few rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds.
Kvitova broke Siegemund’s serve to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set.
Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin will face unseeded Danielle Collins in an all-American matchup later. Collins leads the head-to-head series against the fourth-seeded Kenin 3-0. She has won every set they have played against each other.
Novak Djokovic will meet Pablo Carreo Busta in the mens quarterfinals. Carreo Busta is the same opponent Djokovic was playing when he was defaulted from the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball after a game.
The other mens quarterfinal match is between No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 13 Andrey Rublev. That is also a rematch from September. Rublev won their final at the clay-court Hamburg Open on the same day main-draw competition began at the French Open.
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